Weather Alert: Moderate To Heavy Snow Possible In Klamath Falls Today
Winter Storm Warning Today
The front that has brought heavy rain and snow to the forecast area has moved south into Northern California and will move back north to bring another round of moderate to heavy snow to areas Tuesday into Wednesday. Precipitation associated with front will push east of the forecast area Wednesday.
The NWS in Medford currently has an internet outage. However they were able to send screen shots of warnings and Klamath Falls is currently under a winter storm warning. About 6-8 inches of wet snow are possible for Klamath Falls today into Wednesday.
Periods of heavy snow expected east of the Cascades to include Klamath Falls, Lakeview, and Highway 97.
Long duration heavy snow event is likely in portions of Siskiyou County, with highest impacts above 3500 feet. The snow level will be right around Mount Shasta City.
Weather Update 2-25-19 1:40pm – Snow Expected Soon High Winds Currently
We have been very busy with numerous weather related incidents locally today. A semi truck has blown over on Highway 140 East, and high winds have snapped several power poles in the Merrill area.
We have been in contact with the NWS in Medford reporting information to them, and they have recently updated us on the immediate forecast for Klamath Falls.
The stalled frontal boundary north of us is expected to be pushed south in a few hours. Late this afternoon we should see about 2-3 inches of snow in blowing conditions. According to the NWS, the visibility in our local area could be very low at times in blowing snow. Snow should arrive in Klamath Falls around 4pm according to a forecaster. We should see some snow into Tuesday morning and then it should change over to rain in the morning after around 10am.
At time of this post winds are gusting up to 42mph at the Klamath Falls airport. Higher gusts have been occurring in the Merrill area and other outlying areas as well.
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Above: A map showing roadway incidents as of 1:54pm 2-25-19.
High Wind Warning
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Medford OR
Issued by National Weather Service Eureka CA
131 PM PST Mon Feb 25 2019
Northeast Siskiyou and Northwest Modoc Counties-Modoc County-
Northern and Eastern Klamath County and Western Lake County-
Central and Eastern Lake County-
Including the cities of Dorris, Macdoel, Tulelake, Adin, Alturas,
Canby, Day, Likely, Lookout, Altamont, Klamath Falls,
131 PM PST Mon Feb 25 2019
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS EVENING...
The National Weather Service in Medford has issued a High Wind
Warning...which is in effect until 10 PM PST this evening.
* Winds...South 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Occasional
gusts to 70 mph.
* Timing...Winds will be peaking late this morning, then begin
to decrease later this afternoon.
* Locations include...Klamath Falls, Merrill, Tulelake, Lakeview,
Alturas, and surrounding area. This also includes highway 97
from Weed to Klamath Falls, highway 39 and 139 southeast of
Klamath Falls, portions of highway 140, highway 395 from
Lakeview south, and highway 299.
* Impacts...Driving may become extremely difficult, especially
for high profile vehicles. Loose items may be damaged or blown
* View the hazard area in detail at
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. Travel will be
impacted, especially for high profile vehicles.
Since our weather outlook post yesterday the NWS has revised snow amounts upward. Forecast models are trending this storm with more moisture and more snowfall than originally thought. This storm still appears that it will mostly impact the higher mountain elevations with snowfall.
The current best guess for Klamath Falls snow is now 2-3 inches. There are winter storm warnings and watches in effect for some parts of Klamath County.
Snow should begin to impact the higher mountain elevations beginning around 7pm tonight.
The approaching storm should arrive in the local Klamath Falls area around 11pm tonight based on the latest estimates. Snow should fall overnight into Wednesday morning. Then, snow showers are possible Wednesday and should gradually taper off by Wednesday evening.
Above: Areas in pink are winter storm warning areas. Purple are winter weather advisory areas. Information current as of 1:30pm 2-19-19. For more details about the warnings and advisories please see the information below.
Above: Revised snow amounts trending upward as new forecast model runs show the approaching storm with more moisture than previously thought.
Pink Areas In Map Above: Winter Storm Warning issued February 19 at 12:52PM PST until February 20 at 10:00PM PST by NWS Medford
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 PM PST WEDNESDAY…
* WHAT… Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches expected with accumulations of up to 18 inches across the highest elevations. Between 1500 to 2000 feet, expect lower accumulations of 2 to 6 inches. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph over higher exposed terrain.
* WHERE… Heavy snow expected across the eastern Douglas County Foothills and South Central Oregon Cascades. This includes Highway 58, Highway 62, Highway 138, Highway 230, and the cities of Union Creek, Toketee Falls, Crescent Lake, as well as Diamond Lake and Crater Lake. Moderate snow amounts are expected near Steamboat.
* WHEN… From 7 PM this evening to 10 PM PST Wednesday. The heaviest snow will fall between 10 PM Tonight and 4 PM Wednesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Travel could be very difficult with snow- covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact morning or evening travel.
Strong Winter Storm Expected Tuesday Afternoon Into Wednesday
A new storm is expected to bring Klamath Falls about 4-6 inches of new snow Tuesday afternoon or evening into Wednesday. This storm is also expected to dump heavy rain on areas in our region below 2,500 feet. High winds are expected with this snow storm so limited visibility and occasional white out conditions are possible. Heavy snow with the wind could topple trees and cause power outages in some areas. Wind gusts could approach 50mph in some higher mountain areas such as Lake of the Woods and Crater Lake. Gusts around 35mph are expected for our local Klamath Falls area.
We have been following this with the NWS and the forecast models have varied the snow amounts quite a bit. Initially the snow amounts were expected to be much higher. Keep in mind that the forecast snow amounts could still be refined up or down as we get closer to the timing of the storm arrival. Please use caution if you plan to travel Tuesday or Wednesday.
More Snow Possible Friday
It looks like an additional snow storm may arrive Friday as well. We will update with more information on the Friday storm as it gets closer. The timing and details with this storm are still uncertain.
Multiple cold and wet weather systems are expected to impact our area beginning late tonight. The weather systems have the moisture and cold air to essentially turn on the “snow machine” over much of our region.
Above: Most of Oregon is currently under a winter storm watch or warning tonight
At the time of this post, nearly all of Oregon is under some sort of a winter weather advisory or warning. We reported earlier today on Pacific Power offering tips to prepare for the incoming snow storms.
Snow should begin overnight tonight and the heaviest snow for our area is expected Saturday morning into the afternoon. Here is the projected snowfall amounts for the Saturday storm.
• Coastal areas may see periods of snow down to the beaches, but the heaviest accumulations will be above 500 feet.
• Heaviest widespread snow Saturday morning into Saturday evening, then showers Saturday night into Sunday morning.
• Any snow that melts on roads during the day will likely refreeze at night, resulting in icy roads.
Snow Showers are expected to continue after the Saturday storm and here is the current thinking on snow amounts for Sunday into Monday.
The farther into the future we go the NWS has less confidence on snowfall amounts. However, the current forecast amounts follow for Monday-Wednesday here.
If the current forecast models are correct, it is very possible we will see on and off snow from tonight into next weekend. Looking at the totals in the higher elevations, we should make up some ground this week on our snow pack for sure.
According to the NWS some areas of our region may see more snow in a four day period than has been seen (in a four day period) in the past 50 years.
At the very least here are a few things to be prepared for:
Widespread snow throughout the region with snow covered roads and ice.
A decrease in emergency crew response time as they will likely be very busy and have slower response times due to road conditions.
POSSIBLE power outages in some areas
Winds up to 30mph in some areas blowing and drifting snow and possible white out conditions.
An extended period of accumulating snow.
As always, Klamath Alerts will continue to monitor the incoming storms and update as more information becomes available. Graphics are provided by NWS Medford.